CTNJ op-ed: Governor’s plan to lower healthcare costs — what’s in and what’s missing

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It’s an election year and voters want relief with healthcare costs and insurance premiums. Governor Lamont has proposed a slate of bills to address the problem. He has a good proposal to limit drug price increases, an unnecessary proposal to draft yet another report on what’s driving up costs, and a bad one to divert $3.9 billion into primary care at the expense of other critical care, and to implement a risky payment model that has failed elsewhere. Worse, he’s missing the biggest problem – escalating hospital prices driven by big health systems getting bigger. Read more